- Waco exhausts wells and pumps the Brazos River
dry during drought. Waco Water Commission proposes
a dam on the Bosque River .
- Controversy mounts over dam proposal; Panama
Canal builder Gen. George Goethals agrees to
inspect dam site. Waco voters narrowly approve
$3.5 million bond issue.
- Dam completed; lake fills quickly.
- Record flood swamps Waco , prompting federal
flood control study of the Brazos watershed.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends a
bigger dam at Lake Waco , as well as Whitney,
Belton and other dams.
- Dam nearly washes away when brush jams a sediment
gate. More than $1 million is required in repairs.
- Congress approves Lake Waco dam but gives
only $100,000 for study.
- After record drought, Waco floods again; Congress
stalls funding; BRA and city offer seed money
to jumpstart the project.
- Congress appropriates $1 million for Lake
Waco construction; Sen. Lyndon Johnson is guest
- Eastern face of dam collapses after weight
causes subsoil to shift; sets back project
a year and more than $7 million.
- Dam completed for $53.6 million; fills quickly
and tops normal level by 12 feet.
- City authorizes study for raising Lake Waco
- Army Corps of Engineers signs contract to
raise lake by seven feet.
- Waco City Council formally approves lake rise
- In September, impoundment of new water begins;
October rains quickly bring the lake close
to its new level of 462 feet above sea level.
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